That whereby the rivers and seas are able to receive


Categories: PART II.
Sources: THE TAO AND ITS CHARACTERISTICS

That whereby the rivers and seas are able to receive the homage
and tribute of all the valley streams, is their skill in being lower

than they;--it is thus that they are the kings of them all So it is

that the sage (ruler), wishing to be above men, puts himself by his

words below them, and, wishing to be before them, places his person

behind them





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